Talks, walks, festivals, carnival and more in Thanet July 26-28

Ramsgate carnival Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

Wonderful Woolly Watery World

Now until September 8. Thanet Visitor Information Centre, Droit House, Stone Pier, Margate open Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

Discover life under the sea, if everything was woolly presented by Guardians of the Deep

The immersive display designed by Tara Schirn, will feature creatures knitted and crocheted by people of Kent and beyond. The immersive seascape will teach you about the Marine Conservation Zones we have around Kent, marine pollution, what amazing creatures live there and how you can see them for yourself

There will be information from the Thanet Coast Project on the local marine life, volunteering opportunities and events for the family

Paper Capers

Now until August 13, The Gallery at Nice Things, Harbour Street, Ramsgate

Mixed media exhibition by Nikki Griffith and Hayley Restall, open daily 11am-5pm

Hayley works mainly in acrylic and discarded vintage craft magazines.

Nikki Griffith works in collage mixed media as well as watercolour and acrylic paintings.


Pie Factory Margate, Broad Street, open 10am to 5pm

This show ‘Diversity’ is exactly that a group showcasing a diverse range of art.

10 Artists

Annabelle Losa

Alexander Lee

Antony Collings

Donna Fleming

Helen Elizabeth Whitehead

John Smith

Sarah Stokes

Melanie Tong

Mel Chennell

Peter Rackley

Preview evening is tonight (July 26) 6pm to 9pm. All welcome. Come along and say hi and meet the artists.


July 26-27, Margate Winter Gardens, doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start

The international smash hit musical comedy Hairspray the Musical lands in Margate thanks to Regency Productions.

Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto national TV, and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for integration. But can she win equality – and Link’s heart – without denting her ‘do’?

Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more, Hairspray will leave you breathless!

Tickets £16.50, Concessions £16.50 plus a Booking Fee of £1

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Summer Rep Season

Sponsored by the Broadstairs & St. Peter’s Chamber of Commerce
July 26 – 28 Arms and the Man by Bernard Shaw

Friday & Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm and Sunday at 6.30pm

Bernard Shaw’s satirical view of love and war in the Balkans. Who will win the girl – the story book hero or the chocolate cream soldier?

Tickets £15 paid in advance/Friends and £17 on the doors (book and pay for three or more at the same time and the price per play is £14)

Memorial Theatre, Hilderstone St. Peter’s Road, Broadstairs
[email protected]
Call 01843 863701
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Salon des Refusés

Now until August 8, Joseph Wales Studios, 2a Dane Hill , Margate

Happenstance Art & Framing presents Salon des Refusés 2019 – Open 11am – 5pm

Inspired by its 19th Century Parisian namesake, Happenstance’s Salon des Refusés is an annual celebration of artworks misunderstood, overlooked, omitted or sacrificed at the last minute by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. The Salon des Refusés provides a unique platform for artists whose work is refused by the RA selection committee.

This year’s Salon des Refusés presents artworks by over a hundred artists. Based on a truly open call with no restrictions on submissions (other than running out of space) the Salon des Refusés promises a democratic counterbalance to more conventional exhibition models.

Works range from paintings and drawings to ceramics and sculpture. All artworks are for sale and are very reasonably priced.

Entry to the exhibition is free of charge. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite works via social media using the hashtag #votesalon with winners announced at the exhibition’s finale.

Workshops, live performances and DJs will complement the exhibition with a programme of experimental music, ambient electronica and sound art. Watch this space for details.

The Salon des Refusés was launched in 2012 and this is the first time is it running outside of the capital. The exhibition is coordinated by Happenstance Art & Framing, an independent pop-up gallery and framing studio run by Anastasia Popoola.

Rotten Ramsgate murder tours

July 26, East Cliff tour, 7pm

A town tour with a twist! Find out about Ramsgate’s rotten history in bygone times. Murder, mystery and mayhem abound! During this tour you’ll discover the stories and locations behind at least six murders that took place in the East Cliff side of Ramsgate from 1859 to 1903.

Rotten Ramsgate Tours are perfect for anyone with an interest in local history or a fascination with true crime. Discover the history behind some of the notorious murders around Ramsgate’s East Cliff and West Cliff areas.

The East Cliff tour lasts for approximately 75 minutes. Meet at The Obelisk in Harbour Parade, Ramsgate at 7pm.

Adult £6
Concession £5
11-16 £3
Family £15 (2 Adults + 2 Children)

Not suitable for children under 11.

Knitting to the Moon

July 26-29, Ramsgate Micro Museum, Church Hill, Ramsgate, open from 12.30-4pm

An exhibition telling the story of the computers and software that helped land the first men on the moon.

On the 26, 28 and 29 the museum will be joined by members of the Thanet Astronomy Group.  Visitors will have an amazing opportunity to explore the universe using the Group’s Stellarium and to learn more about the Moon, our nearest neighbour in the solar system.

Adult/Child £5
Groups/Families of 4 people £15,
Under 3s Free

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Hartsdown Leisure Centre’s Summer Fair

July 27, 10am to 2pm

A fun-filled day for all the family with a huge bouncy castle, and over 30 stalls with food, gifts, and activities, including Summer Mini-Shoots, Princess Appearance, Popcorn and Candy Floss, Raffle, Tombola, Bake Sale and Face Painting.

Anime Drawing Workshop

July 27, Workshop 12-3pm, 98B High Street , Broadstairs
Summer Workshop with a Member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, award – winning artist Lana Arkhi

For Age 10+ (Parents are welcome) Maximum group size: 5 people All materials are provided. Cost £35

[email protected]
Call 07858956927
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West of the Brooks

July 27, A local history walk around Westbrook and Hartsdown Park

Local historian Robin Colyer will leading a local history walks on behalf of Margate Civic Society around Westbrook and Hartsdown Park, including places of interest such as Nayland Rock, Royal Sea Bathing Hospital, All Saints Church and Hartsdown House

Starting at the Droit House, Stone Pier Margate at 2pm and finishing at Margate Train Station. The walk takes about 1 hour 40 minutes and is free

Write Up

July 27-28

The Margate Bookie presents Write Up! A packed weekend in Margate

Get inspired by creative writing courses. Enjoy Kent’s best poetry slam. Share ideas, meet new friends, learn from inspiring authors.

Speakers include Connor Sansby, Justin Brown, Dale Shaw, Julie E Pratt, Dave Horn, Francesca Baker, Neelam Saredia-Brayley, Simon Cole and Iain Aitch.

Venues Margate Adult Education Centre, 1-3 Hawley Square, Margate [
Outside Margate BookShop, 2 Market Place, Margate
Elsewhere, 21-22 The Centre, Margate

Workshops cost £5
Weekend tickets from £25

Includes poetry slam at Elsewhere

For full details of programme,  click here 

Back to Basics fair

July 27, Garlinge Methodist Church Hall, 2pm to 5pm

Small soft play area
Children’s activities
Homemade cakes and refreshments
Hook a duck
Prize everytime
Pick and mix sweet table
Ice creams and lollies
and lots of wonderful nearly new stalls.

Cliftonville Games 2019

Photo Frank Leppard

July 27, noon to 8pm, Oval bandstand area, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville

A free fun day for all, organised by the volunteer community group GRASS Cliftonville 12noon-8pm

Open to everyone, with arts, crafts and street food stalls and a range of fun activities and games for all as well as live music.

Activities include:

Inflatable obstacle courses fastest child in their age group wins a prizes

Face painting & Tombola

Street Food and licensed bar

Cliftonville Dog Show 2019 – Entry is £2 per dog

Cliftonville Classrooms

Kiddie dance tent and lots of live music on the Oval stage

Ramsgate Handmade & Vintage Fair

July 27-28, Harbour Parade, open Saturday and Sunday from 11am at part of Ramsgate Festival of Sound

Stalls and delicious street food to enjoy on Saturday, alongside an open air stage with live music, closing with David McAlmont at 8pm.

On Sunday the vibe changes with a market with jazz and vinyl sounds from Shane Gilbert

Broadstairs & St. Peters Art Group Open Air Exhibition

July 28, Viking Bay Seafront Railings by the lift 9.30am-5pm

Exhibition showcasing wide range of group members’ talents comprising paintings in all media,  embroideries, ceramics and stained glass.

All work for sale – original art at affordable prices

Ramsgate Carnival

Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

July 27-28

Visit Government Acre between 10am-6pm on both days to enjoy family fun with fairground rides, entertainment, dog show on Saturday, music and stalls.

Ramsgate Carnival begins at 4pm on Sunday, with the parade making its way through the town

Parade Route: Royal Esplanade – St Augustine’s Rd – Paragon – Royal Parade – Harbour Parade – Harbour Parade – Madeira Walk – Wellington Crescent – Plains of Waterloo – King St – Queen St – West Cliff Rd – Grange Rd – Royal Esplanade – Finish.

Easy Sunday – Margate Momento

July 28, Turner Contemporary, 1pm-4pm drop in

Join the Navigators in the Clore Learning Studio to create your own Margate Momento.

Souvenirs enrich the memories of our holidays, including postcards, china, T-shirts, mugs. The idea of a souvenir dates back to the Victorian times, when little pieces of china would be painted with seaside images and collected by tourists as momentos.

Create your own momento inspired by what you’ve seen in Margate, or be inspired by the images in the exhibition.

Cost £4.50 / Free CT9

Roller Coast Festival

Dreamland Margate

Superheroes, mask making, rainbow-themed mayhem, science, football, BMXs and the crew from Mlkshake Live are all part of the new summer festival at Dreamland

The Roller Coast Festival runs at the park from now until September 1 and includes free events and incredible entertainment every week throughout the summer holidays to keep those Little Dreamers happy.

Get ready for six weeks of super-charged, brain-bending, back-flipping, song bursting summer, daily entertainment for little ones and grown-ups.

Different themed activities will take place every week, including character appearances, film screenings and games for all ages. The weekly themes are:

Superheroes Week – July 22-28

Unleash your superpowers, dance with heroes, and catch up with Captain Cauliflower and Captain Underpants

The park is open daily and free to enter. Visitors who buy ride wristbands in advance online  save 25%.

For details click here

Toy Story 4 (U)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re two worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy. And that’s when the real adventure begins.

Friday 26th July at 3pm
Saturday 27th July at 3pm

Sunday 28th July at 3pm

Monday 29th July at 3pm

Tuesday 30th July at 5pm

Wednesday 31st July at 3pm

Thursday 1st August at 3pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

The Dead Don’t Die (15)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Jim Jarmusch (Mystery Train, Patterson), the Godfather of American Independent filmmaking revitalises the er… moribund (!) genre of the Zombie flick by stripping it right back to its Romero Night of the Living Dead roots. A witty, warm call to arms against the State of the World we currently find ourselves living in, Jarmusch’s light-on-its-feet comedy tackles some heavy issues like climate change, consumer frenzy and political corruption in this charming comedy horror. It’s up to you whether to find deeper meaning or just leave your brain at the door (but just be careful you don’t find it’s been eaten by a zombie when you go to collect it after the film). And it can’t hurt to have possibly the greatest cast ever er… dis-assembled. With Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Selena Gomez and Tom Waits.

Friday 26th July at 7.45pm

Saturday 27th July at 8.30pm
Sunday 28th July at 7pm

Monday 29th July at 6pm

Tuesday 30th July at 8pm

Wednesday 31st July at 6pm

Thursday 1st August at 6pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Pavarotti (12a)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

inspirational and moving portrait of one of the finest singing voices of all time. This riveting documentary, with plenty of footage never seen publicly before, shows a man at once childlike in his enthusiasm for music and people and incredibly controlled in his pursuit of musical perfection.

Saturday 27th July at 6pm

Tuesday 30th July at 2.30pm

Thursday 1st August at 8.30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here


  1. Thanet visitor centre margate closed monday and tuesdays , so visitors don,t visit on those days ! That and no toilets ! Balmy !

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